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Homegrown Habibi Burger launches in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Oct 2016

Homegrown Dubai concept Habibi Burger launches this October on Dubai Marina’s promenade, offering burgers and mezze. Menu highlights include the restaurant’s 4oz homemade burgers with prime Argentine beef, and traditional Middle Eastern mezze plates, from fattoush to kibbeh. The beverage offer includes milkshakes such as the Oreo cheesecake and the ‘Nutty Brown’, comprising vanilla ice

Dine Around Dubai taking November bookings

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Oct 2016

Dine Around Dubai, an intimate mystery dining experience hosted by award-winning food writer, FooDiva is sold out for October and is taking bookings for its 28 November tour.  The tour begins at a mystery bar for welcome bubbles, followed by a dishes from three of Dubai’s top restaurants, with starters to be enjoyed at the

DineEquity debuts Applebee’s brand evolution in Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Oct 2016

DineEquity, one of the world’s largest full service restaurant companies and franchisor of Ihop and Applebee’s hosted the grand opening of Applebee’s Festival City on 11 October, showcasing its first Middle East restaurant created under the new brand evolution. The new brand configuration was created following a survey of more than 2,000 Applebee’s and Ihop

Seven F&B outlets open at Nakheel’s Club Vista Mare

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Oct 2016

Seven F&B outlets have opened at Club Vista Mare, Nakheel’s AED 120 million beachfront dining and leisure complex on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, first announced in February 2013. Cuisine on offer includes Italian, Middle Eastern, European, American Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese) and Ethiopian, with a variety of new brands represented. Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “Club Vista

Sustainability key focus of this year’s SEAFEX

by Crystal Chesters | 10 Oct 2016

SEAFEX, the Middle East’s professional seafood show will this year highlight the increasing demand among seafood consumers in the MENA region for sustainable produce. The event will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 7-9 November, 2016. Consumer-driven-demands are shaping the future of the MENA’s seafood market, according to Andrew Pert, show

Abu Dhabi’s The Galleria unveils The Dining Collection

by Crystal Chesters | 10 Oct 2016

Luxury shopping and dining destination The Galleria will roll out its Dining Collection portfolio with the opening of La Petite Maison, Roberto’s, Coya, Nusr-Et, Loca, Eat Greek, and Sa-Mar. The restaurants – marking their debut in the UAE capital – will open between Q4 2016 and the end of 2017. Daniel Parry, managing director of

Spill the beans: Chef Shigeki Iimura, Buddha Bar Group

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Oct 2016

Chef Shigeki Iimura, worldwide corporate Japanese chef of Buddha Bar Group visited the UAE last month on a Nikkei tour to promote the restaurant’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion flavours Please describe the concept of Barfly Abu Dhabi? Barfly by Buddha Bar is the only neo-baroque mystic lounge concept in Abu Dhabi, offering gueststhe luxury and comfort of

Italian Cuisine World Summit returns to Dubai in November

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Oct 2016

The eighth annual edition of the Italian Cuisine World Summit will take place from 7 – 17 November in Dubai. Bringing together Italian restaurants, food and grape producers, Michelin-starred chefs and culinary experts, the event is aimed at celebrating and promoting Italian cuisine, its ingredients and manufacturers. The aim of the summit is to bring

Rational unveils latest innovations at Dubai event

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Oct 2016

Thermal foodservice technology company, Rational, held its Think Big Tour at Emirates Academy on Monday 3 October 2016 to showcase its latest innovations. The company unveiled the new SelfCookingCenter and the SelfCookingCenter XS to a group of distributors, consultants and opinion leaders in the region’s foodservice industry. The event marked the world premiere for the

Millennium Plaza Dubai hires executive chef

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Oct 2016

Amit Jha has been appointed as executive chef of Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai. Jha holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel management and international hospitality management and has 15 years of culinary experience. He previously held positions in New Delhi with Taj Mahal Hotel and Hyatt Hotel and also worked with Carnival Cruise Lines in Miami.

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